KALAMAZOO | KB BASS | 1966 MUSTANG STYLE

1966 Kalamazoo KB-1

Solid-body electric bass guitar

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1966 Kalamazoo KG2A1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 (Mustang style)
Model: 1966 Kalamazoo KB
Pickup: One Gibson EB bass humbucker.
Scale: 30 1/2"
Body: Masonite body. 16 1/2" long, 11 1/2" wide, 1 1/4" thick. Overall length 43". 'Glacier white' polyester finish.
Neck: Maple bolt-on neck with adjustable truss rod, 20 frets. Width at nut 1 3/4"
Hardware: 1 volume and 1 tone control. Gibson bar bridge Gibson hand rest, Japanese closed-gear tuners
Weight: 4.04 kg

The Kalamazoo KB bass guitar was shipped from 1966, up until 1969. This vintage Kalamazoo bass comes from the first year of production, 1966 and has the offset Fender Mustang body style. This changed to the more familiar SG style towards the end of the decade. See a 1967 SG-styled KB1 bass.

Despite having almost identical hardware, the 1966 US zone 1 price for the Kalamazoo KB1 bass was $119.50, compared to $240 for the equivalent Gibson EB-O. The bodies were produced out of Masonite by a third party manufacturer in Wisconsin, and there was no skilled assembly required. Gibson had taken a leaf out of Fender's book in producing a bass that could be bolted together in a very short time by unskilled labour. They were produced at Gibsons plant II (416E Ransom street, rather than the main plant, 225 Parsons street) which was where pickups and electronics were produced.

The combination of cheap price, and quality Gibson components made these popular guitars, selling well in 1966 and 1967. White was by far the best selling colour of 1966 (see Kalamazoo KB bass shipping stats); this bass is one of 1347 white KB basses shipped that year.

Be sure to listen to the Kalamazoo KB bass soundclips here.

Kalamazoo KB bass humbucking pickup
The Kalamazoo KB basses are fitted with a Gibson EB bass humbucker, mounted onto the scratchplate. This is of course the same pickup that gives the EB-O and EB-3 basses their characteristic, 'fat' sound.
Kalamazoo KB bass bridge
The bar bridge is the same type as used on slightly older Gibson EB basses. A very simple metal bar wrapped around two screwed in posts.
Kalamazoo KB bass handrest
The handrest is another Gibson EB bass part that was coming to the end of it's life on the Gibson branded models.
Kalamazoo KB bass volume and tone control
One volume and one tone control.
Kalamazoo KB bass headstock - front view
The Kalamazoo KB bass headstock
Kalamazoo KB bass headstock - rear view
Kalamazoo KB bass reverse headstock detail, with closed gear tuners
Kalamazoo KB bass reverse body detail
Reverse body view; bolt-on neck with neckplate
Kalamazoo KB bass body with no components
The unassembled Klamazoo KB bass body
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